MSW is a digital collection of the research, scholarship and creative work of Merrimack College. It is designed to offer universal access and has a dual role in both promoting the use of the college's scholarly, creative output and ensuring its long-term preservation. Using a seamless open access platform, the college’s unique academic and artistic achievements are collected, preserved and disseminated to a global audience of students and scholars.
Institutional repositories—digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond to two strategic issues facing academic institutions:
1) they provide a central component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure; and
2) they serve as tangible indicators of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige, and
Raym Crow. "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper" ARL Bimonthly Report 223 (2002).